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Report: Yankees Parked on Street, Bell and Bentencourt Possible Targets



By Frank Russo ~ June 29th, 2009. Filed under: Rumor Mill.

Our main Yankees source down in Tampa has informed us that the Yankees have “cooled their interest” on Huston Street and are now looking elsewhere. The reason for this change is two-fold. First off, the Rockies are now fully entrenched in the wild card race. Secondly, Colorado’s asking price for Street was deemed to be way too much (Names like Austin Jackson, Hughes, etc.). As far as other options, Yankees management, as we reported recently, continues to look at San Diego’s Heath Bell, who is having his finest season ever. Other relievers who might also be available are Cleveland set-up man Rafael Betancourt, who has been out with a strained groin and closer Kerry Wood. With their trade of Mark DeRosa this weekend, Cleveland appears to be set to do a full house cleaning. Despite DeRosa’s departure, Cleveland could still be a perfect trading partner for the Mets, who are in dire need of offense.

Passing Thoughts
While the team has, at least for now, righted the ship offensively, there has continued to be internal discussions whether to add a right handed bat, especially since Xavier Nady is officially lost for the season. While it is highly unlikely, Cashman could make a trade for a right handed hitter who could come off the bench and also fill-in in right field. Our guess is, unless something falls in his lap, Cashman will fully concentrate his efforts on the bullpen.

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Frank is a resident of East Brunswick, NJ and former radio announcer. He is a 4th generation Republican and Yankees Fan. He also enjoys listening to talk radio. His favorite announcer is Shawn Hannity of “Hannity” on FOX and enjoys reading about military history. In addition to rooting for the Yankees, he also has a passion for the New York Islanders. You can enjoy Frank’s work at The Dead Ball Era and his book “Bury My Heart at Cooperstown”. Check out his “Rants and Raves” on New York Baseball Digest.

4 Responses to Report: Yankees Parked on Street, Bell and Bentencourt Possible Targets

  1. Fernando

    This cracks me up. Your “source” has never once been right.

  2. Kevin

    The Yankee bullpen is fine. They need to find a Rightfielder . Trade Melkey while he has some value. Say Goodbye To Hideki. Move Damon from the second spot in the order to Fifth, where he can protect A-Rod. Use Swisher as our primary Dh. Trade Cano along with Melky for that RF. Cano couldn’t drive in a run if his life depended on it. Bring up Kevin Russo to replace Cano.

  3. Giuseppe Franco

    Matsui is going nowhere nor should he. Cano is not getting traded.

    What is wrong with you?

    Matsu is not going to be with the Yanks next season anyways. He has no trade value because he’s 35 years old, makes $13M this season, and his knees are about to explode.

    So unless you want to be the Tigers and pay Matsui $13M to play for someone else (the Mets are paying the minimum for Sheffield and the Tigers are paying his $14M salary) – Matsui going to finish out this season exactly where he is now.

    Matsui’s knees may not be in good shape, but the guy can still hit and he’s one of the best clutch hitters on the team when he’s on and feeling good.

    The Yanks do need another arm in the pen. Hughes will immediately be placed back into the rotation if someone goes down. I don’t expect everyone to make all of their starts.

    That’s just not realistic given Burnett’s history of health issues and Pettitte has had his share of problems the last couple of years.

    And Bruney’s health is a big concern as well. Can’t depend on him to stay healthy the rest of the season given the condition of his elbow.

    So they so indeed need another reliable arm in the late innings. Bruney and Hughes may not remain there all season.

  4. Frank Russo

    Actually Eduardo, my source has been right, over 90% of the time!

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